I can’t believe that I’m saying this, but it took me four days to finish one of these cookies. A friend made them, gave me one and being the chocoholic that I am, I took a big bite. After I oohed and aahed and swooned with delight, I realized that one bite was enough and I put the cookie away. This could be one of the best cookies I’ve ever eaten. It is rich, incredibly chocolatey, a little bit nutty and filled with creamy ganache. After I finished it a few days later I decided that I wanted to bake a batch myself.
The original recipe states that it makes 16 filled cookies. Considering that this cookie is pretty intense, I thought it might be wiser to make them a little bit smaller. The other thing I discovered is that the cookie on its own without the ganache filling is also pretty amazing. Serve with a bowl of vanilla ice cream and wow your guests.
Triple Threat Chocolate Cookies (from Sunset Magazine)
10 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into chunks
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup plus 2 tbsp. sugar
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 tablespoons flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
1 cup finely chopped toasted pecans
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
Put chopped chocolates and butter in a metal bowl and set bowl over (not touching) simmering water in a pot. Cook, stirring, until melted, then remove from heat and let cool slightly.
Whisk eggs, sugar, espresso powder, and vanilla into chocolate mixture. In another bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir into chocolate mixture until evenly mixed, then stir in chocolate chips and pecans. Wrap dough airtight and chill until firm enough to hold its shape, 50 to 60 minutes.
Meanwhile, make ganache: Put chopped chocolate and cream in a medium metal bowl and set bowl over (not touching) simmering water in a pot. Cook, stirring, until melted, then let cool. Cover and chill, stirring occasionally, until firm enough to spread, about 1 3/4 hours. If ganache becomes too firm to spread, transfer to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for a few seconds to soften, stir.
Preheat oven to 350°. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop 2-tbsp. portions of dough onto sheets, spaced about 1 in. apart. Press dough to flatten into even 1/2-in.-thick rounds. Bake until cookies no longer look wet and you can feel a slight crust on top, about 10 minutes (don’t overbake); switch position of baking sheets halfway through. Let cookies cool on sheets on racks.
Generously spread flat sides of half of cookies with ganache and top with remaining cookies. (You may have a little leftover ganache.)
Make ahead: Dough and ganache, up to 2 days, chilled. Filled cookies, up to 2 days, chilled, or 2 months, frozen. Serve at room temperature.